Guest post from Gerald A. Grant, MD, FAANS
Editor, Congress Quarterly
Congress Quarterly (cnsq) is the official newsmagazine of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, written by and for neurosurgeons to explore topics of unique value and interest to our specialty, from game-changing technology to neurosurgeons as storytellers.
In today’s post, we wanted to spotlight the recently released summer 2016 issue of the Congress Quarterly, which highlights the new and interesting items occurring at the CNS Annual Meeting, September 24-28 in San Diego, California.
The meeting features more than 50 new courses and sessions, including brand-new afternoon sessions. Replacing the Hot Topics and Consensus Sessions this year are interactive Guidelines Sessions with the authors of forthcoming/recently published guidelines, and innovative new Operative Neurosurgery Sessions that incorporate live surgery demonstrations illustrating surgical techniques from the journal, including:
- What Every Neurosurgeon Should Know: Authors of Soon-to-be-published Guidelines Updates Present New Recommendations
- Live Surgery Sessions Highlight Operative Neurosurgery: The Surgeon’s Armamentarium
Attendees will have more opportunities to participate than ever thanks to changes such as the introduction of Rapid-exchange Abstract Presentations, 3-minute talks that allow more authors to present their science. Another example of engagement — Wednesday’s plenary session — includes a forum to showcase complex spine cases that CNS members have submitted to mCase Exchange (a free, secure image-sharing app for neurosurgeons). Cases will be selected in advance, and an expert panel will discuss the featured cases in front of the audience at the plenary session. Sessions include:
- Redefining Second Opinions: An mCase Key Opinion Leader Forum
- Introducing the CNS Rapid-exchange Oral Presentations Sessions
This issue of cnsq also previews the ancillary events taking place in San Diego immediately before the CNS Annual Meeting, including the Tumor Section Satellite Symposium, the popular Oral Board Exam Preparation Early Review Course, and a brand-new PGY4-5 resident boot camp:
- The 2016 Tumor Satellite Symposium: Exploring Exciting New Advances in Low-grade Glioma Management
- Reducing the Intimidation Factor of the Oral Board Exam
- SNS/CNS Boot Camp Series Expands with a PGY4-5 Resident Course
This packed issue includes updates from the joint sections on spine, cerebrovascular, neurotrauma, and women in neurosurgery, as well as new information from NERVES and the Washington Committee. To read the summer issue for free, click here.